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Craft night: Report card

September 11, 2012

So it’s been eight weeks since we started doing Monday craft nights. So far we’ve had people mend clothing, knit, screen print, cut patterns, embroider, make yarn balls, paint mugs, play with fimo, solder, do beadwork, and probably other things I’ve forgotten.

Aside from the very simple fact of one night a week to actually do and make stuff, regardless of what else is going on, it’s been really nice to get together and talk over our projects. I think a lot of us are bad at finding time to just hang out, and this is a nice and low-key opportunity to do that for a few hours every week. Which people actually turn up varies from week to week, but it’s a nice social rotation. Sometimes we talk more than work. Sometimes someone won’t even have something with them (and won’t want to borrow my perler beads or whatever) and will just sit and drink tea.

What’s also been cool is the degree of mutual inspiration and troubleshooting. Someone wants to learn to knit; someone needed ideas for a present and started a long discussion on how to best embroider a neoprene laptop case; someone else got to fondle fancy yarn.

I think my favorite moment was when someone was knitting a Longitudinal sock, and several people were confused as to how the construction worked. Wouldn’t you know — someone else had a finished pair in their back and could pick them up and show off. Very here’s one I prepared earlier.

I don’t know if two months is long enough to claim success, but I will anyway. Craft night: A+, would recommend to a friend.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. caityrosey permalink
    September 11, 2012 3:43 pm

    Crafting groups are wonderful. Sometimes makes me long for the good old days of the village sewing circle.

  2. September 12, 2012 9:44 am

    Yes, the longitudinal moment was as if it had been rehearsed. Craft love! ❤


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